The Best Quotes About Life

Reading the best quotes about life from some of the world’s greatest minds can offer comfort, wisdom, and new perspectives.  Whether you prefer inspirational quotes or pragmatic ones, I hope you’ll find some wise words in this list that you can identify with, draw insight or commiseration from, or simply enjoy.

The Best 50+ Quotes About Life

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.― George Bernard Shaw

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.― J.K. Rowling

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.― Viktor E. Frankl

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. ― Bernard M. Baruch

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.― Albert Einstein

You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.― Neil Gaiman

Life is choice. All day, every day. Who we talk to, where we sit, what we say, how we say it. And our lives become defined by our choices. It’s as simple and as complex as that. And as powerful. ― Louise Penny

Don’t try to make life a mathematics problem with yourself in the center and everything coming out equal. When you’re good, bad things can still happen. And if you’re bad, you can still be lucky.― Barbara Kingsolver

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.― Søren Kierkegaard

Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.― Margaret Mitchell

You cannot find peace by avoiding life.― Michael Cunningham

To hurt is as human as to breathe.― J.K. Rowling

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.― Gilda Radner

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.― Dale Carnegie

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.― Viktor E. Frankl

Speak in your own voice about the things that matter to you. ― Marty Rubin

It’s so easy to get mired in the all too obvious cruelty of the world. It’s natural. But to really heal, we need to recognize the goodness too.― Louise Penny

Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.― Alice Walker

We must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we are committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we’re going to run; we’ll never know what’s beyond that particular barrier or wall or fearful thing.― Pema Chödrön

Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.― Viktor E. Frankl

The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.― Lao Tzu

To lack feeling is to be dead, but to act on every feeling is to be a child.― Brandon Sanderson

In a world as wrong as this one, all we can do is make things as right as we can.― Barbara Kingsolver

In nature, nothing is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways and they’re still beautiful.― Alice Walker

It is necessary, and even vital, to set standards for your life and the people you allow in it. ― Mandy Hale

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. ― Dorothy Nevill

What keeps you going isn’t some fine destination but just the road you’re on, and the fact that you know how to drive. You keep your eyes open, you see this damned-to-hell world you got born into, and you ask yourself, ‘What life can I live that will let me breathe in & out and love somebody or something and not run off screaming into the woods?― Barbara Kingsolver

You are not what others think you are. The important thing isn’t what other people think you are; it’s who you are. ― Shannon L. Alder

An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.― Victor Frankl

Many times in life I’ve regretted the things I’ve said without thinking. But I’ve never regretted the things I said nearly as much as the words I left unspoken. ― Lisa
Kleypas

If you give up what you want most for what you think you should want more, you’ll end up miserable.― Brandon Sanderson

Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.― Victor Frankl

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.― Lao Tzu

Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job…And onward full-tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another–that is surely the basic instinct…Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.― Barbara Kingsolver

Embrace the possibility of a fulfilled dream. ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Speaking with kindness creates confidence, thinking with kindness creates profoundness, giving with kindness creates love. ― Lao Tzu

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.― Barbara Kingsolver

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. ― Carl R. Rogers

Let others see their own greatness when looking in your eyes. ― Mollie Marti

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow. ― William Shakespeare

I’ve about decided that’s the main thing that separates happy people from the other people: the feeling that you’re a practical item, with a use, like a sweater or a socket wrench.― Barbara Kingsolver

Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else. ― Judy Garland

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. ― Maya Angelou

Sugar, it’s no parade but you’ll get down the street one way or another, so you’d just as well throw your shoulders back and pick up the pace. ― Barbara Kingsolver

People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds. ― Carl R. Rogers

There are some awful things in the world, it’s true, but there are also some great books.― Jo Walton

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Somehow, we’ll find it. The balance between whom we wish to be and whom we need to be. But for now, we simply have to be satisfied with who we are.― Brandon Sanderson

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. ― Carl R. Rogers

In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter. ― Chinese proverb

An unreasonable amount of paperwork is required these days just to be a human being.― Fredrik Backman

Never trust a mechanic who drives new cars. They’re either charging too much money for their work, or they can’t keep an old car running – maybe both.― Patricia Briggs

I had a great time putting together this list of the best quotes about life, many of which came from some of my favorite books and authors.  Which are your favorites?  Are there any you’d add to the list?  Comment below!

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